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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:38

New businesses we're buzzing about in 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Frock Affair 

BANGOR - If the temperatures aren't putting you in a spring-like mood, then the colors bursting from inside the new Frock Affair retail store on Main Street in Bangor sure will. This retail co-op combines the styles and tastes of four trendy women to create one unique slice of paradise that'll leave any clothing, jewelry, handbag and shoe-loving female shopper thirsting for more.

"These are our personalities. We wear this stuff. We love it. It represents us," said Susan Stephenson, co-op participant. "And this all came together four or five weeks ago."

Frock Affair, which opened at the beginning of April inside the former Bella Luna store, combines designer apparel with the often Maine-made creations of Jessi Sader of FX Dressed, Meg Asher of Local Color in Northeast Harbor, Katherine Loblein of Katwalk in Belfast and Susan Stephenson, Bangor blogger and creator of the Dress to Impress project.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:46

Embracing National Beer Day

Written by Allen Adams
The history behind a made-up holiday

National Beer Day is what we like to call an 'unofficial' holiday. Sure, it isn't acknowledged on any federal calendar, but that doesn't make it any less legitimate. Look at some of the other 'holidays' that share the same month. April Fools Day? Not an official holiday, but who doesn't love pulling a harmless prank or two? And what about Earth Day? Again, not official, but who would argue against its importance and/or legitimacy?

So it is with National Beer Day (and New Beer's Eve, of course). Is it silly? Of course it is. Still, there's something to be said for a day set aside to celebrate something that so many of us enjoy. Beer is a part of our national consciousness in a way that few other consumables are.

Think about the huge variety of beer you see when you go to the grocery store or visit your local watering hole. Think about the utter ubiquity of beer commercials on our television airwaves. Think about the rapidly-growing contingent of small craft breweries offering their own unique takes on the classic beverage. Think about the multitude of homebrewers making their own beers in their own homes a throwback to those Prohibition days, only without the fear of reprisal.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:31

A meeting of the Mayan minds

Written by Allen Adams
A panel discussion of what 12/21/12 might hold

EDITOR'S NOTE: (This story is from The Maine Edge's annual April Fools Day edition. As such, you can safely assume that most of it - if not all of it - is totally made-up.)

Over the past few years, we've been hearing a lot about 2012 and the Mayan calendar. The calendar deemed by many experts to be one of history's most accurate apparently comes to an end this year. As near as can be determined, that end date is Dec. 21 of this year. What will happen on that date is the matter of some conjecture. Some of the most brilliant minds in the world have devoted their lives to trying to crack the Mayan code.

The mainstream media has long been sweeping this story under the rug, either ignoring it completely or worse, turning it into a mockery. Make no mistake; something WILL happen on Dec. 21, 2012 and The Maine Edge wants you to be as informed as possible when it does.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:06

More peerless prognostication: MLB 2012

Written by Allen Adams
Thoughts on the upcoming baseball season

It's almost time. Florida and Arizona are abuzz with Major League Baseball teams getting themselves ready, tweaking those rosters and making those difficult final decisions about minor league demotions and even the ends of careers.

The game is once again coming to life, but while one of baseball's hallmarks is its consistency, this particular offseason has seen a lot of change. There have been some major changes of address: Prince Fielder moves from Milwaukee to Detroit; Japanese sensation Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Texas Rangers; and St. Louis icon Albert Pujols made the move to the West Coast in joining the Angels.

However, the biggest development of all is MLB's decision to add another wild card team to the postseason. This means that five teams from each league will make the playoffs, with the two wild card teams kicking off the October festivities with a one-off, win-and-in game. This can only serve to provide even more fans with reason to stay invested in their home teams throughout the long season.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:18

Belfast Maskers celebrate 25 years

Written by Katy England
The show goes on  

BELFAST Communities are built around many things, fellowship and culture not least among them. The Belfast Maskers have been bringing fellowship and culture to the area for 25 years, and will continue to do so for many years to come, despite obstacles in their path.

A little background

letter to the Board and 'Fellow Maskers' from Burwell re his retirement as AD:

Dated Dec. 1994: '...We had a vision and we have pursued it valiantly. I wish to give special thanks to those who were the first to join and have continued to be active throughout these years: Diane Wilson, Gail Savitz, Corinne Vaccaro, Sandy Piechocki, Tracy Lord, Nancy Burwell, Larason Guthrie, Basil Kinney, Jo Pendleton, Perry Breiger, and especially Lilias Outerbridge and Jerry Savitz without whose efforts the Maskers would probably cease to exist...

Teenage depression and anxiety is the subject of a new movie that will premiere at the Gracie Theatre on Wednesday, March 21. The 35 minute film 'The Road Back' was largely created by a dedicated group of local teens and produced by The Acadia Hospital, Project Aware of Saco and Gum Spirits Productions of Portland.

Shot over five days last October at Hermon High School, the film is centered around Allie (Natalie Johnson, a senior at Hermon High School), who deals with depression, and Christian (Josh Devou, a junior at Hermon High School ), who suffers from anxiety. Over the course of the film, these two characters find themselves facing difficult challenges that are compounded by their conditions, but they are ultimately led to discover a way out through treatment.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:18

Happy Birthday!

Written by Katy England
Leap Year is back - a look at why February is getting extra time

This year, we have more time on our hands. Sort of.

Leap Year is a phenomenon that happens every four years to help keep our calendar on track with certain holidays and solstices.

The solar year is approximately six hours longer than 365 days, which adds up after awhile. Well, after every four years, to be precise. But unfortunately, the math isn't that simple. According to Wikipedia, a solar year is about 365.2422 days a bit less than 365.25. This means that every 400 years, we skip three Leap Years. When do we do that? Mathematics!

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:11

Recreating reel romance

Written by Allen Adams
Put yourself in the picture this Valentine's Day
There are a lot of ways to embrace the spirit of Valentine's Day. You could do the traditional stuff - dinner and a movie, flowers and candy - and no one would fault you for it. Traditions are born for a reason, and honestly, it's a rare significant other who doesn't appreciate a nice meal and a dozen roses.

(That's right ladies - nothing says you can't buy some flowers for your fella. Mind you, we're not saying you should. Just that you should keep an open mind.)

However, maybe you're looking for something just a little bit different. Maybe you're looking for a chance to create a memory without necessarily breaking the bank. That's where we come in.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:23

A night at the Oscars

Written by Allen Adams
Picking the 2012 Academy Awards

It's that time again; time for the Hollywood elite to roll out the red carpet and part themselves on the back. That's right - it's the Academy Awards.

As someone who spends a lot of time at the movies, this is one of my favorite times of the year. Awards such as the Oscars are great because they inspire conversation - who do you think will win, who do you think should win, which movies did you see, which movies did you like, which did you hate - and on and on and on.

So I'm once more putting my prognostication skills on the line. These are my picks for some of the big awards come Sunday night. Again, these aren't necessarily the people and films that I think should win. They're the ones I think will win. Sometimes, they're the same. More often, they're not.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:38

Mu$ic and local bu$iness

Written by Mike Dow
'It's a Legal Matter, Baby'

'We fully support the local music scene and the right of songwriters and musicians getting paid. Ninety percent of the artists we feature are playing original music, not covers. In the long run, how does taxing our music scene help these artists?' -Gene Beck, owner, Nocturnem

'Using music in a business is a business decision. It is a very powerful tool to drive profits. In my mind, there is something fundamentally wrong with taking something that doesn't belong to you and using it for your own benefit.' - Ari Surdoval, BMI

The next time you walk into a business, listen carefully. Do you hear music? Depending on the type of business you are visiting and how they use music, they may be paying for the right to play it in their establishment. If they're not, they could be in violation of U.S. copyright law.

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